Will there be a musical episode of “Only Murders in the Building” in Season 3?!
While it hasn’t been officially confirmed that Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez will be singing and dancing at some point, I recently took the ire of music affiliates Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman. “We worked on the next season of ‘Only Murders in the Building,'” Shaiman said. “We’re not allowed to say anything more than that, but maybe you can do the math.”
Season 3 also includes appearances by Meryl Streep, Paul Rudd, and Jesse Williams.
Shaiman and Whitman’s latest Broadway masterpiece, a musical adaptation of “Some Like It Hot,” earned the most Tony nominations this year with 13, including Best Musical and J. Harrison Ghee for Lead Actor in a Musical. The show, with music by Shayman, lyrics by Whitman and a book by Matthew Lopez and Amber Ruffin, recently had its best week in ticket sales, smashing $1 million at the box office.
“We love the movie,” Shaiman said of the original 1959 Billy Wilder-directed movie starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. “There are some people, working on the show, who don’t like the movie as much as Scott and I do,” Shaiman said. “It’s just one of the greatest movies ever made. But we were happy to be able to take it to a point that we think Billy Wilder would have done if he had been working on it.”
Whitman added, “Steven Spielberg came over a few months ago to see the show and was really close with Billy Wilder. I said, ‘Do you think he would have liked that? ‘ He would have loved it. I thought that was a good endorsement.”
Mariah Carey is not only a producer on the show, but Shaiman said he and the Grammy winner bond over their love of “Bullets Over Broadway.” “She can literally read this whole movie, and she’s really hilarious,” he said. “She can play all the parts.”
Carey made a surprise appearance during the “Some Like It Hot” curtain call in February. “She was like, ‘I saw the lighting in that scene and I thought, ‘I wish they had lighting like that,'” Shaiman said. “She was all about the lighting. She’s so gorgeous. She’s exactly what you would expect and want Mariah Carey to be in real life. I find her a complete joy to be in.”
He then added, “Don’t we want Mariah Carey to win a Tony?”
Shaiman and Whitman are still developing Smash, the musical based on the NBC series of the same name. “We had a nice meeting yesterday about the casting,” Whitman said. “Susan Stroman is directing and we have a schedule. We have a couple of workshops and then it opens in the spring of 2025.”
Shaiman also told me EXCLUSIVELY that he’s taping Rob Reiner’s upcoming documentary on Albert Brooks. “I’ve been working on this thing longer than any movie I’ve ever written,” Shaiman said, laughing. “Because it’s not just Rob, it’s Albert Brooks. He’s not dead, but it’s his elegy. He analyzes every second of everything I write. But everything that’s been done is really amazing. From TV, recording, and then movies, it’s amazing.”